“I'm often as frustrated at the world as most people are. But I think frustration is hilarious. One of my missions is to bring humor into fine art. It's sacred.” – Wayne White
Wayne White is an artist who has worn many hats; art director, illustrator, puppeteer, set designer, cartoonist, sculptor and painter. This exhibition focuses mainly on a selection of White’s signature word paintings featuring oversized, three-dimensional text painstakingly integrated into vintage landscape reproductions, but also includes other works on paper and small sculpture. The messages found in the text in White’s word paintings are sometimes confrontational and abrasive, but also though-provoking and almost always humorous, with Wayne pointing a finger at vanity, ego, and his memories of the South. His respect for the tradition of American landscape painting is apparent, even as he transforms them with his irreverent wit. A recent exhibition by White at Western Project in Los Angeles was called, “a tour de force display of artistic virtuosity” by Los Angeles Times critic David Pagel. In the last ten years White has shown his word paintings in 18 solo exhibitions in galleries and museums from New York City to Naples, Italy and 35 group exhibitions in every region of the United States plus Canada and Switzerland. York College Galleries are proud to host Wayne White as an artist-in-residence for the month of March. A reception for this exhibition will be held March 20 at 5:30 pm prior to a screening of the film Beauty Is Embarrassing, which tells the story of White’s life and career.